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Full Article Attached Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed

Monday April 21st, 2003

It's been a long and intense week since mozilla.org announced that the Phoenix browser has been renamed Firebird, to the dismay of much of the Firebird database community. In this interview with MozillaZine, Ann Harrison, an administrator of the Firebird database project and a partner in IBPhoenix, gives her thoughts on the dispute.


#47 Good, I thought your ming really suited you

by leafdigital

Tuesday April 22nd, 2003 4:37 AM

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Two things:

1) Trademark law is a horrific abomination anyway (I've been hurt by it personally) and frankly, on those grounds, screw 'em. Nobody is going to confuse a database and a Web browser. Of course, trademark law is traditionally used by large companies to screw small ones but that still wouldn't make it a good thing even if a small organisation tries to use it for such a baseless case... They aren't going to sue, though. Good.

So, ethically, morally, as well as legally, WHO THE HELL CARES IF AN OBSCURE DATABASE HAS SAME NAME AS AN UNRELATED BROWSER, call it firebird if you like, it doesn't hurt the database one bit (they've already got more publicity from this than they had in the entire 3 years of their previous existence).

(I did like the gag about calling it Oracle. Actually, Oracle's a much better name IMO, but probably not for the browser, and there the evil forces of humungous corporation abuse of trademark law would certainly come into play. :)

2) Firebird is a shitty name

So even though I think Mozilla can use the Firebird name if they like with no qualms, I kind of hope they come up with something better. There are plenty of other mythical creatures. For example, 'Medusa' (the many snakes in her hair represent BROWSER EXTENSIONS, see? They're powerful and don't require much feeding!)...

--sam